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Decoding Chronic Pain With fMRI

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment.
Verified January 2013 by Dr Ben Seymour, University of Cambridge
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First Posted: January 11, 2013
Last Update Posted: January 11, 2013
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr Ben Seymour, University of Cambridge
Recent evidence suggests that chronic pain is associated with abnormal connectivity between brain regions associated with the processing of pain. We aim to test the diagnostic power of resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose patients with chronic back pain. Using new methods of image acquisition and analysis we aim to develop a computational method to correctly classify patients and matched control subjects.

Chronic Back Pain

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Observational Study to Determine Abnormalities in Resting State fMRI in Chronic Back Pain.

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Further study details as provided by Dr Ben Seymour, University of Cambridge:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Functional brain connectivity [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Assessed by fMRI

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: April 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Chronic back pain
Adults, >6months duration
Age and sex matched controls


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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Adults with >6 months of mechanical lower back pain, not sue to any major systemic disease

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18-60
  • pain > 6months
  • right-handed
  • non-smoking
  • mechanical back pain

Exclusion Criteria:

  • significant neurological or psychiatric disease
  • major systemic illness
  • MRI exclusion criteria
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01766973

Contact: Ben Seymour, MRCP PhD 01223332600 bjs49@cam.ac.uk

United Kingdom
Addenbrookes Hospital Not yet recruiting
Cambridge, United Kingdom, CB2 0QQ
Contact: Gopal Kotecha, BSc       gk300@cam.ac.uk   
Principal Investigator: Ben Seymour, MB ChB         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Cambridge
Principal Investigator: Ben Seymour, MRCP PhD University of Cambridge
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr Ben Seymour, Wellcome Intermediate Clinical Fellow, University of Cambridge
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01766973     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CE-U.NA.NFLT.EGDF
First Submitted: January 10, 2013
First Posted: January 11, 2013
Last Update Posted: January 11, 2013
Last Verified: January 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms